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*UPDATE* - Fixed a bug where you could skip to the boss at a certain point in the game.
Discover your way through a strange world in this epic adventure!
Requires Flash Player 9 or higher, so please make sure you have Flash Player 9 or higher before playing.
Movement: ARROWS or WASD keys
Interaction: SPACE, CTRL or SHIFT
Very deep indeed.
Now that, my friends, is how you make one of the best online games ever.
I really liked the twist on the whole thing. It was, in my opinion, one of the best games I've ever played. Kudos to the programmers.
Very enjoyable, not sure about the cake mix though.
I loved it.
By the time I saw Crazy Monkey Games, I knew it was going to be good. CMG, along with Armor Games, is one of the few sponsors for Flash games that I swear by.
The graphics are really good, and the animation really blew me away. While the whole 8-bit thing has been redone several times too many,the game still looks good and feels good.
The sound is decent, although it got somewhat repetitive after a while, especially if you ran back and forth between two areas with different music, confused, the way I did.
The gameplay felt really good as well. The basic wild goose chase thing was implemented better than I've seen it in any other game; I was never stuck for long, and everything seemed to make sense. The game played very quickly and didn't get tedious once. The only criticism I have is the improbability of knowing to put cake mix in a lake. That, and the boss battle, which I felt was frustrating due to the fact that you have to time the mirror flipping JUST right in order to hit him.
The storyline was absolutely phenomenal, although the writing for it should have been better. The satire at the beginning was amusing and kept me playing more than anything, and the statements about generic video games reminded me a lot of Half-Minute Hero. In fact, the 45-second dash to the castle had me thinking that, too.
When the Wizard at the tower started talking about the system, I was reminded slightly of The Matrix and its amazing storyline. The idea of the protagonist operating inside of a system was interesting, but I feel that the Wizard's jibes and taunts should have been written a lot better. Conceptually it was brilliant, but for something like that, you need an EXTREMELY talented writer... Someone who's pursuing an advanced degree in literature, writing or theater, for sure.
The final final battle was interesting, although it only took me about 30 seconds to realize that all you had to do was abstain from the system. The epilogue was pretty well written as well, although I found it pretty frustrating that Dave never even says anything. I understand the tones of freedom and determinism in the game, and I get that Dave is supposed to be a silent protagonist, but you could have at least had him talk to emphasize his newly-acquired freedom.
Overall, I thought this game was done very, very well! It seems like you thought this idea was a little more clever than it actually was, judging by the dialogue that takes place, but overall I think this is one of the best plotlines of anything found on Newgrounds. You, sir, have earned a 5, a favorite, and a new fan.
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